From cave paintings and the Catholic Church to presidential tweets and deep fakes, propaganda’s rapid progression hasn’t compromised its potency. In this popular Hot Docs 2019 selection, award-winning director Larry Weinstein traces the sprawling roots and mechanics of indoctrination through the lens of artists like Kent Monkman, Shepard Fairey and Ai Weiwei, whose revolutionary works have co-opted the conventions of disinformation. In a “post-truth” era where dangerous lies have never been better disguised, this cautionary investigation confronts us with the timely questions: If propaganda is all around us, how do we know what is true? And why are we so easily seduced?
Director: Larry Weinstein